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Family Book Recommendation: Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor

September should be Family Devotions month. Back to school and routine. Back to leading the family in thinking about the Lord.

When our children were younger we would alternate between the Bible and other books for our family devotions time.

Today I want to highlight a book that we loved years ago:  Little Pilgrim’s Progress. This highly readable book tells the classic story of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City. Along the way, we discover all the temptations and enemies he faces. Part one is about Christian. Part two is about Christiana. This story will spark lots of discussion (and reflection for Mom and Dad.)

While the unabridged adult version can get somewhat long, this children’s version kept our family’s attention. You can see where we each signed it […]

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Book Review – The Poverty of Nations

As a college student 30 years ago, I was confronted with the fact of world poverty. At that time, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger was the book that spoke to Christians about this issue. The thesis was that the rich Christians in the West should help their poorer brothers. But the underlying motivation was guilt. How can we be so rich and do nothing to help others?

Enter The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus.

This profound and comprehensive book argues that the question we should ask is, “Why have some nations become wealthy and others stayed in poverty?” If we are really going to help the poor in a systematic way, we ought to ask how the wealthy got this way. Specifically, they […]

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Case For Christ – E-book on Sale!

The electronic version of The Case for Christ is on sale. Only $2.99 for this foundational apologetics book. Lee Strobel interviews fourteen experts to answer questions in three sections:

1. Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted?

2. Who was Jesus?

3.  Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

If you have not read this book, it needs to be in your hands and the hands of anyone with questions.  At over 280 pages, that’s a penny a page!

Great E-book Deals from Shepherd Press

For a limited time only – 1.99, Can’t beat the price!

Shepherding a Child’s Heart – The classic. Heart Driven Parenting

Dont Make Me Count to Three – for young children

Instructing a Child’s Heart

Get offa my Case – for helping the angry teen

When Sinners Say I Do – Heart oriented marriage perspective

 

Loving Your Wife/Husband

Marital harmony is important to display the glory of the Christian life to our children. But we all need help. The following summary from  is convicting. Print it down and pray through it for yourself.

Andy Naselli

Here are some excerpts from chapter 12 of Paul David Tripp’s What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010). 

(I added the three headings and the numbering. Everything else quotes Tripp.)

1. What is love?

Love is willing self-sacrifice for the good of another that does not require reciprocation or that the person being loved is deserving.

2. What does love look like in marriage?

Love is being willing to have your life complicated by the needs and struggles of your husband or wife without impatience or anger.
Love is actively fighting […]

Bits and Pieces from Around the Web

Great Article arguing that older Christians should be able to say to younger Christians, ” Imitate me.” Can you say that? Dads and Moms we should be able to say to our children, “Imitate me.”

Great Article on the Biblical Sluggard –
1. He will not start things.
2. He will not finish things.
3. He will not face things.
4. Consequently he is restless.
Read the whole thing to put biblical labels on something you might be facing in your  parenting.

An article on disciplining and identifying with your child talks about drawing out your child so that they can look at their own heart.

Souls in Transition is reviewed in this link. The author looks at the spiritual lives of 18-24 year olds. Smith proves convincingly that nothing has a greater […]

Worldliness Chapter 6 – How to Love the World

In the last chapter, Jeff Purswell lays out a case for loving the world. He wants to counter the feeling of that we are to live the Christian life by negation? He quotes his own children saying, “But Dad, what can I do?” (Note – I am reminded of John Piper’s fathers advice that, “We want to do so fast, we don’t have time to don’t.” or something of that nature.)

The Overview of Redemption: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Consummation
Jeff starts by giving us the grand story of redemption:
Creation – God made everything, God created us for fellowship, Created order is good.
Fall – Sin disrupts man’s relationship with God, Sin disrupts man’s relationship with man, Sin infects entire creation.
Redemption – God promises to conquer sin and remove […]

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Worldliness – Chapter 5 – God, My Heart and My Clothes

C. J. Mahaney tells the true story of Jenni who said, “When choosing what to wear I thought only of what would flatter me, what would bring more attention my way…I wanted to be accepted and admired for what I wore.”

Theme verse 1 Timothy 2:9 “that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire.

What is modesty/immodesty? “Modestly mean propriety. It means avoiding clothes and adornment that are extravagant or sexually enticing. Modesty is humility expressed in dress. …Immodesty, then, is much more than wearing a short skirt or low-cut top; it’s the act of drawing undue attention to yourself. It’s pride, on display by what you wear.”

The motives of […]

Worldliness Chapter 1 – Is This Verse in Your Bible?

Our small group has been reading through the book Worldliness. I want to take these weeks before we finish it to blog through the chapters and the important points in each. Here is an overview of chapter 1.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. 1 John 2:15

C. J. Mahaney starts out his chapter highlighting Demas the Deserter. Demas deserted because he  drifted into loving the world. (2 Tim 4:10)

Our problem? “Within a generations, worldly and worldliness have lost most of their meaning.” “We aren’t under attack from without; we’re decaying from within.” p. 22

What is the world? “the organized system of human civilization that is actively hostile to God and alienated from God.” “While remaining in the the world, we’re not to […]

Worldliness Chapter 4 – God, My Heart and My Stuff

If, in my definition,worldliness is thinking something is more cool than Jesus, his gospel, and his kingdom for an extended period of time, then material things certainly fit into that category for American teens.

In chapter 4 Dave Harvey doesn’t directly attack stuff. Instead he moves more subtly to coveting
Coveting is desiring stuff too much or desiring too much stuff.. It is replacing our delight in God with joy in stuff. Materialism is what happens when coveting has cash to spend. p. 95
His diagnosis of the problem:
Covetousness chains the heart to things that pass away. p.99

Chain 1: My Stuff Makes Me Happy.

Chain 2: My Stuff Makes Me Important

Chain 3: My Stuff Makes Me Secure

Chain 4: My Stuff Makes Me Rich
His proposed prescription:
Consider Your True Riches

Confess and […]